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Sneaky Microsoft plug-in puts Firefox users at risk
COMPUTER WORLD.com ^ | October 16, 2009 | By Gregg Keizer

Posted on 10/20/2009 1:40:53 PM PDT by Cindy

Thanks to a special freepmailer for pointing to this article.

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SNIPPET: "Computerworld - An add-on that Microsoft silently slipped into Mozilla's Firefox last February leaves the browser open to attack, Microsoft's security engineers acknowledged earlier this week.

One of the 13 security bulletins Microsoft released Tuesday affects not only Internet Explorer (IE), but also Firefox, thanks to a Microsoft-made plug-in pushed to Firefox users eight months ago in an update delivered via Windows Update.

"While the vulnerability is in an IE component, there is an attack vector for Firefox users as well," admitted Microsoft engineers in a post to the company's Security Research & Defense blog on Tuesday. "The reason is that .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs a 'Windows Presentation Foundation' plug-in in Firefox."

The Microsoft engineers described the possible threat as a "browse-and-get-owned" situation that only requires attackers to lure Firefox users to a rigged Web site."

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Reference
KEYWORDS: firefox; internetexplorer; microsoft; mozilla
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To: BullDog108

on this step:

5. Open a new Firefox window, and in the address bar, type about:config and press Enter.

I get:

“the URL is not valid and cannot be loaded.

Anybody know what that’s about?


21 posted on 10/20/2009 4:26:16 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Minn
Make sure that you type in exactly about:config without spaces or http:
I followed these instructions, they worked for me.
22 posted on 10/20/2009 4:34:39 PM PDT by BullDog108 (A Smith & Wesson beats four aces)
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To: TheBattman
Nice - MS now engaged in Cyber-terrorism against its biggest browser competitor?

They are in a bit of a bind. If they don't release for Firefox extensions, they'll get accused of releasing Windows Updates only for IE users and hammered for that.

23 posted on 10/20/2009 9:53:52 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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